"Face the Nation" transcripts, July 15, 2012: Cutter, Madden, Rep. Ryan
KEVIN MADDEN: And I will get to that point. I think it is-- I think that is very troubling. I think what is equally disappointing is that the-- is that the-- the Obama campaign continues to focus on these attacks even though fact-checked after fact-check, investigative journalist after investigative journalist has shown that Governor Romney left Bain in 1999. The-- the reason that there is documents that had in 2002 that had a signature of his because during that transition from 1999 from 2002 where there was a transfer of ownership over to the new partners of Bain, that there were-- there was a duty-- duty to sign those-- those documents. But every single-- even a bipartisan commission, the Ballot Commission in Massachusetts had indicated that Governor Romney left Bain in 1999. This has been established, yet, the Obama campaign, the President himself continued to pursue these inaccurate statements and-- and I think it's to the detriment of the public right now because the public wants to-- wants and needs an argument about the economy. They need to debate about what we're going to do to move this country forward and the President is avoiding that debate.
BOB SCHIEFFER: Stephanie:
STEPHANIE CUTTER: Okay. So a couple points on what Kevin said--first, if you're signing an SEC document with your own signature that you're the president, CEO, chairman of the board, and hundred percent owner of a company, in what world are you living in that you're not in charge? What American understands that you don't bear any responsibility for the decisions that were made at that company if you're at the head of it? And if he wasn't the head of it, who was? And the simple point is if you're telling the SEC that you're in charge but you're telling the American people that you bear no responsibility, one of those things is not true. And, you know, it's not the Obama campaign that is making these allegations. It's independent reporting from the press. Every day there is a new fact out there about Mitt Romney's involvement with Bain from post-1999. Today there's a Bloomberg story up that they didn't announce his departure, his official departure, until 2001. There's reports yesterday in the Boston Globe that he was appearing in press releases in 1999 after the date of his departure. But let me just finish with this: It doesn't make any difference that we're arguing the semantics of when Mitt Romney left Bain Capital. He has put for his sole rationale for being President. His experience at Bain Capital and that every decision that he'll make as President should be seen through the lens of his experience with Bain Capital and we're just getting a taste of that, you know, whether it's investing in companies and those investments happened before 1999 when Mitt Romney was, in his words, in charge that became the pioneers in outsourcing or whether it's investing in companies, loading them up with debt and pushing them into bankruptcy and yet you walk away with hundreds of millions of dollars, but you're leaving workers without jobs, pensions, health care, and companies decimated.
BOB SCHIEFFER: Let me ask--
STEPHANIE CUTTER: Those are legitimate discussions to have, particularly, because Mitt Romney put it on the table.
KEVIN MADDEN: Time and time again it has been established, even by Democrats such as Steve Pagliuca, who is a Massachusetts Democrat who was at Bain has said, Mitt Romney left in 1999. It is established as fact yet you continue to pursue it.
BOB SCHIEFFER: Let me ask you this, Kevin: Some Democrats say that Mitt Romney could clear up all of this if he would simply release his income tax returns. Now he has released the tax returns for one year. He says he'll release the ones from the current year. Why is he doing what all other people who-- why isn't he doing what everybody else who has run for President has done and that is release enough of his tax returns to get a sense of where his money was coming from and what he was doing with it.
KEVIN MADDEN: Governor Romney has released tax returns. He's gone above and beyond the law that's required of financial disclosures. He released tax returns from 2010. He's also released an estimate of the 2011 returns. These returns show that he's paid over six million dollars in taxes. Seven million dollars of his income went to charity which is appropriately sixteen percent of his income. He's also filed hundreds and hundreds of pages of financial disclosures with the FEC. He did so in 2008 when he first ran for President then for the Republican nomination and he's done so--
BOB SCHIEFFER (overlapping): But why not just do the returns and get it over with? I mean he--
KEVIN MADDEN: He's gone above and beyond it. He's gone above and beyond it and-- and most importantly I think we have to remember that the only reason that the-- the Obama campaign continues to make these charges is they're taking line items that are actually in the financial disclosure forms that the President-- that Governor Romney has provided to the FEC and others.
STEPHANIE CUTTER: That's actually not true, Bob.
BOB SCHIEFFER: Do you-- it's not true.
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